Owners who have allergies tend to shy away from breeds such as Husky because it is a dog that sheds a lot of hair. This is a common myth that is completely bogus and this article will tell you why you don’t need a hypoallergenic husky.
It is not the hair that cause allergy
Why a potential dog owner will avoid husky is due to the common belief that dog hairs are the culprits in causing allergy. However, this has shown to be false. Most of the time, it is the dog dander that causes the problem. If you don’t know what dander is, they are the dead skin from the dogs. In the case of Huskies, they have very little dander so it is not a problem for people with pet allergies. This is why you can find Husky owners with allergies who can still live happily with their pet dogs.
After reading this, you should understand why you don’t need a hypoallergenic husky even if you have a dog allergy.
Maintenance for a Husky dog
Even though you can get a Husky despite your allergies, you should understand it is a high maintenance dog and efforts are needed to keep it well and healthy.
First of all, it sheds heavily especially during the winter period. To make them feel comfortable, you need to groom them at least once a day. For ease of grooming, I suggest you get a Dyson Groom rather than a Furminator as it grooms and vacuums so you don’t get a mess on the floor. Best of all, this dog vacuum allows you to do the grooming indoors so it is perfect during the Winter period.
Secondly, you need to exercise a Husky a lot to dispel its energies. If not, they might either escape or they will try to dig holes to expend their energies. One way to exercise this dog breed is to get a scooter for Husky. Dog scootering is becoming more common and is a perfect way for a Husky to exercise and the owner to have some fun. Do note that a dog scooter is different from those scooters by Razer. The latter can’t be balanced easily, especially with a dog pulling it. For more information about dog scootering, check out my previous writeup through the link above.
Thirdly, you probably need to erect high dog fence for it not to escape. Granted, this will not be needed if your dog loves you but it might be necessary at the beginning when you are still building a bond with it. Electric dog fences are not cheap so do budget it if you are considering buying a Husky.
How much does a baby Husky cost?
Once you are sure you can handle the maintenance of a Husky, it is time to think about the cost. On average a baby Husky will cost around USD800-1200 dollars if you are buying from a pet store. My advice is to look for deals on dog owners. Most of them, they will advertise on places like Craiglist if they have new Husky puppies on the way. Through this method, you can probably get one Husky baby around USD400-600, depending on how charming you are in the negotiation 🙂
Besides the actual cost of buying a Husky, you need to think about 2 other things. First is the dog food. This will probably set you back around USD100 per month or even more. If you want to save some money, try DIY your own dog food.
The second thing is the accessories that you might need. One is the electric dog fence that I mention earlier as well as a dog scooter. Other accessories might be things like a leash (a no pull harness for Husky will be around USD30-50) and/or a Husky dog bed (around USD50-60).
At the end of the day, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog as it is all marketing talk from cosmetic companies. What you should be concern with is whether a dog have pet dander. If not, even a person with pet allergy should be ok to get such a dog.